All Africa articles – Page 8

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    Tülomsaş looks east for export orders


    TURKEY: State-owned rolling stock supplier Tülomsaş says it is optimistic about winning more export business in Asia and North Africa as the liberalisation of national railway TCDD requires it to adopt a more commercially-driven business model. Speaking to Railway Gazette International at the Eurasiarail trade fair in Istanbul on ...

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    Rovos Rail buys Shongololo Express


    SOUTH AFRICA: Luxury cruise train operator Rovos Rail has completed the purchase of the Shongololo Express, taking over 19 coaches and agreeing to employ all of the staff. Shongololo Express operates three routes from Pretoria, with the Southern Cross to Victoria Falls and Dune Express to Swakopmund offering ...

  • ONCF began dynamic testing of its first Alstom high speed trainset on January 20 (Photo: ONCF).

    AfDB finances Casablanca – Marrakech double-tracking


    MOROCCO: The African Development Bank board approved a US$112·3m loan to finance double-tracking of the 142 km Settat – Marrakech section of the Casablanaca – Marrakech route on January 27. National railway ONCF is providing a further US$290m for the project, which is intended to increase capacity and reduce ...

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    DR Congo rail renaissance in 2016


    DR CONGO: SNCC Director General Ilunga Ilunkamba looked forward to 2016 as the year that would see the ‘renaissance’ of the state railway, in his message to staff delivered on December 31. Under the Multimodal Transport Project funded by the World Bank, 38 new locomotives were being acquired and track ...

  • China Railway Construction Corp (International) Ltd has agreed to modenrise the railway between Senegal and Mali (Photo: John Stubbs).

    Senegal - Mali railway modernisation agreements signed


    AFRICA: The governments of Senegal and Mali have entered into agreements with China Railway Construction Corp (International) Ltd for the repair and reconstruction of the 1 286 km metre-gauge railway between the port of Dakar and Bamako. The contract with the National Railway Administration of Senegal covers 644·6 km ...

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    Siemens wins more Algerian signalling work


    ALGERIA: The Estel joint venture of national railway SNTF and Siemens is to supply signalling, safety and train control for 140 km of lines around Alger, serving 18 stations. Worth €340m to Siemens, the package covers the installation of ETCS Level 1 to shorten headways and permit operation of ...

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    Kampala trials commuter trains


    UGANDA: An experimental commuter rail service was launched in Kampala on December 7, as a joint venture between the Kampala Capital City Authority, Uganda Railways Corp and operating concessionaire Rift Valley Railways. The three partners have agreed run the pilot service for 12 months, following the signing of an initial ...

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    Alstom buys stake in South African rolling stock business


    SOUTH AFRICA: Alstom announced on November 26 that it had signed an agreement to buy a 51% stake in rolling stock refurbishment company Commuter Transport & Locomotive Engineering from Commuter Transport Engineering and Industrial Development Corp, which will remain as minority shareholders. An employee benefit scheme will also be created. ...

  • Four Transnet Class 44 diesel-electric locomotives return to Pretoria from Polokwane on a testing and training trip on November 11 (Photo: Bruce Evans).

    Transnet tests diesel and electric locos


    SOUTH AFRICA: Transnet Freight Rail has taken delivery of the first of 233 Class 44 diesel locomotives ordered from General Electric in March 2014. The order was one of four placed at the time for a total of 1 064 locomotives. Four Class 44 locomotives, each rated at 3 120 ...

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    Transnet signs R12bn loan to fund loco programme


    SOUTH AFRICA: State-owned freight operator Transnet signed a R12bn club loan with five financial institutions on November 23, saying the agreements confirmed buoyant investor appetite . This completes the majority of the funding required for Transnet s programme to acquire 1 064 locomotives from four manufacturers. Transnet has ...

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    Ethiopia – Djibouti railway carries first freight


    AFRICA: The first freight train to operate on the new standard gauge railway between Djibouti and Addis Ababa arrived at a temporary unloading facility in Merebe Mermersa, 112 km south of Ethiopia's capital, on November 21. Construction of the railway has not yet been completed, but freight services have been ...

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    Rwanda announces DIKKM railway shortlist


    AFRICA: The shortlist for a PPP contract to develop and implement the proposed 1 672 km railway which would link Dar es Salaam in Tanzania with Kigali in Rwanda and Musongati in Burundi was announced on November 17. Rwanda Transport Development Agency is leading procurement on behalf of the ...

  • Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority has taken delivery of four diesel-electric locomotives and 18 coaches supplied from China.

    TAZARA takes delivery of locos and coaches


    AFRICA: Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority has taken delivery of four diesel-electric locomotives and 18 coaches supplied from China. TAZARA expects the new equipment valued at US$22·4m to have a ‘substantial impact’ on its operations, which have been suffering from reduced capacity as a result of the age of the fleet ...

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    SNTF and Systra to form joint venture


    ALGERIA: On October 26 state railway SNTF signed an agreement with French engineering consultancy Systra to form a joint venture specialising in railway systems. With 51% of the Algerian-based company held by SNTF and 49% by Systra, the new joint venture is expected to create around 50 ‘highly qualified’ posts, ...

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    Côte d'Ivoire – Mali railway study


    CÔTE D'IVOIRE: On October 15 the Ivorian government signed an agreement for FS Group’s engineering consultancy Italferr to plan a 1 000 km railway corridor which would run north from the port of San-Pédro to Bamako, the capital of Mali. Italferr is to undertake a feasibility study for the ...

  • The Gauteng Nerve Centre has been under construction since September 2013.

    PRASA’s Gauteng Nerve Centre completed


    SOUTH AFRICA: The Gauteng integrated control centre in Kaalfontein near Johannesburg was handed over to passenger operator PRASA on October 13, and is due to take control of an initial section of the province’s 1 067 mm gauge 3 kV DC electrified main line network from January. The Gauteng Nerve ...

  • ONCF is currently taking delivery of a fleet of Alstom Duplex high speed trainsets to operate trains between Tanger and Casablanca from 2018.

    High speed line to Essaouira planned


    MOROCCO: The government has issued a Declaration of Public Utility for the development of a second high speed line, which would link Marrakech with the coastal city of Essaouira. National railway ONCF has been tasked with leading the planning and design of the railway, including assessing land acquisition requirements. Covering ...

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    Standard gauge to serve Naivasha


    KENYA: The 1 435 mm gauge railway now under construction between Mombasa and Nairobi is to be extended by 120 km to serve a new economic development zone at Naivasha in the Rift Valley. An agreement to develop Phase 2A of the standard-gauge project was signed between Kenya Railways Managing ...

  • The depot which will maintain Morocco's high speed trains was inaugurated by King Mohammed VI and French President François Hollande.

    Tanger high speed train depot inaugurated


    MOROCCO: The rolling stock depot in Tanger which will maintain and service the country’s fleet of high speed trains was officially inaugurated by King Mohammed VI and French President François Hollande on September 20, at a ceremony attended by ONCF Director-General Mohamed Rabie Khlie and SNCF President Guillaume Pepy. Two ...

  • Côte d’Ivoire Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan launches rehabilitation of the Abidjan to Ouagadougou railway on September 9 (Photo: Bolloré Africa Logistics).

    Abidjan – Ouagadougou enhancement launched


    AFRICA: Work to rehabilitate the 1 260 km metre-gauge railway from Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire to Ouagadougou and Kaya in Burkina Faso was launched by Ivorian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan with a ceremony at the renovated Treichville station in Abidjan on September 9. Duncan said the aim of ...